IHG is the first hotel chain to join the forum, and pub company Wetherspoon, which also operates a small number of hotels, both have committed to decarbonise their operations and demonstrate what’s possible when it comes to cutting emissions.
The forum builds on 10 years of carbon reduction expertise in hospitality with leaders from across the sector working together with industry experts to “drive collaborative initiatives and share best practice and insights”.
The forum will publish its net zero roadmap and establish an official sector position to government this summer, ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.
IHG recently announced “Journey to Tomorrow”- its 10-year responsible business plan – setting objectives across waste, water, people, communities, carbon and energy to help shape the future of responsible travel.
Karan Khanna, MD UK&I, IHG Hotels and Resorts, said: ‘’We are pleased to have partnered with the Zero Carbon Forum as we recognise the importance of working collaboratively to tackle climate change. Being the first hotel company to join the forum allows IHG Hotels and Resorts to build on our Science-Based Carbon Target and learn from other industries, share expertise and become the voice of our sector.
“It comes at a great time following our announcement of Journey to Tomorrow. I am looking forward to the exciting times ahead this partnership will bring us.’’
Ben Whitley, finance director, Wetherspoon, added: “We are delighted to have joined the Zero Carbon Forum. Wetherspoon continues to work hard to reduce its impact on the environment and we are always looking to do more. We look forward to working with other organisations within the hospitality sector to plan for a zero carbon future.
“In recent years Wetherspoon has worked closely with suppliers to reduce their carbon footprint, as well as its own, and this will be made easier by joining with other leading companies in our sector to work on a road plan for the future.”